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Handling Increased Faculty and Student Workload During Difficult Economic Times

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





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Issues in Engineering Technolgy Education

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Engineering Technology

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26.830.1 - 26.830.12



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Terence Geyer Eastern Washington University

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Terence Geyer, Eastern Washington University
Terence L. D. Geyer is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Engineering & Design at Eastern Washington University. He obtained his B.S. in Manufacturing Technology and M.Ed. in Adult Education in a specially combined program of Technology and Education at Eastern Washington University. He has 20 years of business experience in the IT field and 15 years of experience in education. He lives off-grid for eight months of the year using both older and newer technology. His interests include collecting and re-manufacturing older technologies.

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William R Loendorf Eastern Washington University

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William R. Loendorf is a Full Professor, Emeritus of Engineering & Design at Eastern Washington University. He obtained his B.Sc. in Engineering Science at the University of Wisconsin - Parkside, M.S. in Electrical Engineering at Colorado State University, M.B.A. at the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, and Ph.D. in Engineering Management at Walden University. He holds a Professional Engineer license and has 30 years of industrial experience as an Engineer or Engineering Manager at General Motors, Cadnetix, and Motorola. His interests include engineering management, technological literacy, improving the competitiveness of American companies, and real-time embedded systems.

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Handling Increased Faculty and Student Workload During Difficult Economic TimesAbstractThe recent national economic downturn has placed increasing pressure on higher education to domore with less, or maintain program integrity with diminishing dollars. Faced with financialchallenges to adding faculty, especially in light of enrollment increases, there has to be anotherway to meet this challenge. In conventional course occurrences, events like a midterm, final andassignments tend to overlap between classes, and can cause big spikes in student workload. Withan increased number of students in each class, students can also feel the pressure of increasedcompetition. These stresses’ on both faculty and students, negatively affect the positive outcomesdesired by both groups. This paper describes the formulation, design, and execution of twoplanning methods used to help balance the needs, workload, and time resources for both thefaculty and students in an Engineering curriculum. One approach compares the actual weeklyassignment and exam load across seven classes for students with when those assignments andexams need to be graded by the instructor. This method looks at the work that needs to beaccomplished and sets up a structure to help insure the success of the student learning, and theinstructor’s ability to actually grade the work in a balanced format. The second approachcompares weekly instructor workload for the planning and delivery across three classes.Covering items from the creation of the syllabus and homework assignments, to lecturepreparation and grading, its goal is to create a workable structure for the instructor. Included inthe paper are the actual grading workload counts for each method. The paper also challenges thereader to review his or her own instructional planning methods for possible improvements inoutcomes for both students and faculty.

Geyer, T., & Loendorf, W. R. (2015, June), Handling Increased Faculty and Student Workload During Difficult Economic Times Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24167

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